Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Record: Methods of Dance

Methods of Dance (and M.O.D. Vol 2) were two compilations released by Virgin in 1981 and 1982 respectively. The first one especially was like gold to me back then, and it still sounds great today. It included somewhat remixed, or just great sounding versions, of songs by B.E.F. (Groove Thang), Devo (Going Under), D.A.F. (Der Mussolini), Magazine (The Great Man's Secret), Japan (The Art of Parties 12"), Simple Minds (Love Song) and others. It was also notable for the "special edit" of The Human League's Do Or Die Dub which I'm pretty sure was unavailable otherwise at that time. There's also some entertaining sleeve notes by Paul Morley and as a compilation to sum up the times it's hard to better.

I was less excited about Volume 2 due to the inclusion of a bunch of bands I didn't care as much for (I-Level, Culture Club, China Crisis, Rip, Rig & Panic), but it still has DAF (Kebab Traume), Simple Minds (Soundtrack For Every Heaven), The Men (AKA - The Human League, with I Don't Depend On You) and British Electric Foundation doing Bowie's 'Secret Life of Arabia' - with guest vocalist, the excellent Billy Mackenzie.

A compiled CD has just surfaced in the UK, which features most of the tracks - but according to Amazon UK, DAF & Fingerprintz from the first album miss out, as do DAF and I-Level from Vol 2; instead there's some extras that were not on the original releases - Richard Strange (International Language), Devo (Speed Racer) and Allez Allez (with the rather lovely Flesh & Blood). I've read that the Paul Morley sleeve notes are also not included and it's good this is out, although a shame that the albums couldn't be preserved in their original formats (especially the DAF tracks which will be a big loss), but I guess that's music rights for you. Nice job on the cover though.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Designer: Jonathan Adler

I've banged on before about Johnathan Adler (in ye olde Toolybird blog), but I want to go there again, not just because he's fantastic, but because there's a new reality show on Arena called Welcome To The Parker. The Parker is a ritzy hotel in Palm Beach USA which was designed reception desk to pool by J.A. I recognised some of the suites from pictures in his style-bible - My Prescription For Anti-Depressive Living (which I picked up on Amazon for a paltry amount, something mad like $4 or thereabouts).

Anyway, if you've got Arena on your TV you could do worse than check it out. In one of the episodes J.A. comes to stay at The Parker, so that should be fun. He brings his dog, Liberace, seen here looking adorable as always.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Scopitone: Nino Tempo & April Stevens

This is great fun, some suave easy-pop from this cool duo (and siblings). April reminds me of Pizzicato 5's Nomiya Maki in this clip.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Zine: Craphound 7

I found Issue 7 of Sean Tejaratchi's clip-art zine CRAP HOUND at Sticky Institute today. I love this thing, it's clearly a great labour (and "of love") to put it together as he tracks down masses of graphics (I refuse to call it clip art, lest you get the same slightly sick feeling I get from that term) on a particular theme and painstakingly arranges them into brilliant layouts; layouts that must take as much work as finding the images in the first place.

Issue 7's theme is CHURCH AND STATE PART ONE and it's the first edition in, I believe, 9 years.
There's one copy left at Sticky.
On your marks.
Get set.

Monday, August 4, 2008

TV: Adventure Island

I've been reading a book about British Cult Children's TV shows and it got me thinking about Adventure Island here in Australia. I used to watch this regularly, I think, I mean, I was a very tender age when it was on, and to be honest I can really only remember a few bits and pieces from the show - Nancy Cato, or more likely Sue Donovan, reading the story, the village with the Pandas, Flowerpot and Clown. Oh, and of course Miser Meanie . It's not a lot of a memory really, but I know that my little-tacker self was quite besotted with this show (and Andy Pandy, but that's another post).

Anyways, best I can do at the moment is offer a few pictures. I do have a record album and book of the show which I'll endeavour to dig up and scan. If I get really modern and find some spare time I'll see if I can convert some the album to mp3 for some "sharing" as the kids call it. Then we can be modern together.